“The Department of Health and Human Services wants to know if industry can feasibly share information through a ‘supply chain IT control tower’ to allow for real-time visibility across the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) of medical supplies.”
“DSNS is a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), which supplements state and local medical supplies when they are low during emergencies.”
“In a wide-ranging request for information (RFI) on May 15, ASPR said it needs technology to track inventory and predict where it will be needed in response the coronavirus pandemic. According to the RFI, the stockpile currently lacks a reserve of personal protective equipment like face masks and gloves, as well as the necessary ventilators, pharmaceuticals and testing supplies.”
“Industry partners are needed for storing and managing inventory, ramping up production when needed, and providing logistics for rapid distribution. And the data they collect on those operations would flow back to the supply chain IT control tower…” Read the full article here.
Source: HHS gauges industry’s appetite for sharing data on medical supply availability – By Dave Nyczepir, May 21, 2020. FedScoop.